Charges upped after death

Marian Hoffman

Marian Hoffman

A Kingman woman is now facing manslaughter charges after allegedly killing a motorcyclist with her car.

Marian Marlene Hoffman, 59, pleaded not guilty to manslaughter and criminal damage on Friday before Mohave County Superior Court Commissioner Lee Jantzen.

Hoffman already pleaded not guilty to leaving the scene of an accident and aggravated driving while under the extreme influence of intoxicating liquor. Jantzen dismissed an aggravated assault charge, which was replaced by the manslaughter charge.

Hoffman faces more than 28 years in prison if found guilty of all charges. Jantzen set a case management hearing for 9:30 a.m. on Feb. 22.

Around 11:30 a.m. on Nov. 21, Hoffman allegedly struck the back of Joseph Michael Lortie's motorcycle with her sedan near the intersection of Andy Devine Avenue and Shangri-La Drive.

According to witness statements, the sedan then traveled several blocks down Shangri-La Drive before stopping.

Hoffman was arrested at that location by the Kingman Police Department. She was allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol at the time.

Lortie, 53, of Kingman died Dec. 1 at Sunrise Medical Center in Las Vegas. He suffered severe head injuries resulting from the collision.